LMC X-3 is a powerful source of X-rays located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The X-ray source is associated with a binary system with an orbital period of 1.7 days. The visible component is a main sequence B3 star whose shape has been severely distorted by the gravitational field of its companion. Although not unambigious, the mass of the compact object is estimated to be at least 3 solar masses and more likely is considerably higher, making this one of the best black hole candidates.
"LMC X-3: A Black Hole in a Neighbor Galaxy", Hutchings, J.B. and Crampton, D. and Cowley, A.P., 1984, Mercury Jul-Aug, 106.
"Evidence for Black Holes in Stellar Binary Systems", Cowley, A.P., 1992, Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics 30, 287 (see discussion of LMC X-3 on pp. 290-2; you may also want to look at some of the references cited herein).
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